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San Francisco's AfroSolo Celebrates President Obama's My Brother's Keeper Initiative & Black Voices

AfroSolo, serving the San Francisco Bay Area for 20 years, holds news conference 9/5/14 to celebrate Black Voices Performances & Project Empowerment: The Audacity to Succeed, joining in with President Obama's My Brother's Keeper Initiative.

Thomas Robert Simpson, AfroSolo founder & artistic director, KPIX TV Awardee
Thomas Robert Simpson, AfroSolo founder & artistic director, KPIX TV Awardee
SAN FRANCISCO - Aug. 29, 2014 - PRLog -- AFRO SOLO
(Nonprofit Arts & Community Services Organization)
African American Art & Culture Complex
762 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA  94102


Black Voices Performance Series & President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Initiative: Highlights at AfroSolo’s 20th Anniversary News Conference, 10 a.m. Friday, September 5, 2014 at the African American Art & Culture Complex

The Healing Power of the Arts is evident as AfroSolo presentsThe Black Voices Performance Series and Project Empowerment: The Audacity to Succeed.

Who:          Thomas Robert Simpson, Founder & Artistic Director, AfroSolo, recipient of KPIX Television's Jefferson Award; Supervisor London Breed, San Francisco Board of Supervisors; Stephanie Anne Johnson, cancer survivor and visual arts & lighting designer; Lance Burton, founder of Planet Fillmore Communications; Tarika Lewis, first female in the Black Panther Party; Kurt (DJ Lamont) Young, KPOO programmer & founder of Fingersnaps Media Arts and invited guests.

What:          Media Briefing for the 20th Anniversary of AfroSolo demonstrating the healing power of the arts with the Black Voices Performance Series: Our Stories, Our Lives and Project Empowerment: The Audacity to succeed.  Stephanie Anne Johnson launches Program A of the “Black Voices Performance Series” on Friday, September 19th with Every Twenty Days: Cancer, Yoga and Me, an intimate, funny, and uplifting story about the journey from diagnosis to treatment to physical well being. Johnson will perform additional dates.

Program B of Black Voices Performance Series gets underway Saturday, September 20th with Lance Burton and his The Irrelevance of Being Relevant, a black man’s experience from Little Rock, Arkansas’ occupation by the 101st Airborne to Haight Asbury San Francisco to surfing the media and technology wave; Tarika Lewis’ My Life as a Black Panther and Kurt (DJ Lamont) Young’s If God Wanted Me to Fly, a story of family legacy and how a pair of his grandfather’s dress shoes helped him “keep a steppin” through worldwide travel and life.

AfroSolo Arts Festival proudly joins President Obama's My Brothers Keeper Initiative by inaugurating Project Empowerment: The Audacity To Succeed. The purpose of this initiative is to help young Black men and boys successfully transcend youth to adulthood.  The one-day three-part conference will be held Saturday September 27, 2014. The conference and all performances will be held at the African American Art and Culture Complex.

When:          Friday, September 5, 2014, 10:00 a.m. Media Briefing

Where:          African American Art & Culture Complex, 762 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

Why:          AfroSolo has a twenty-year history of bringing the arts alive with the incredible talent of emerging and established Black entertainers, thinkers, and activists.  Recognizing that the Arts brings healing by causing people to think, take action and change because of what they hear and see, the 20th Anniversary is dedicated to giving voice to empowerment through performance and overall community engagement.  Media coverage is important as the message of AfroSolo benefits all.  The dialogue ensuing from the 20th Anniversary of AfroSolo helps develop stronger community bonds that can help dissipate underlying racial tensions as seen in Ferguson, Mo.


AfroSolo's mission is to nurture, promote, and present African American and African Diasporan art and culture through solo performances and the visual and literary arts. Since 1993, we have provided a forum to give an authentic voice to the diverse experiences of Black people. Through art, we bring people of all ethnicities together to explore and share the human spirit that binds us all. http://www.afrosolo.org.


Note to Reporters/Editors: One on one interviews with news conference participants and invited guests will be possible immediately after the briefing.  To arrange interviews at any point during the AfroSolo Festival, contact media consultant, Jackie Wright at 415 525 0410 or AfroSolo Festival Founder and Artistic Director, Thomas Robert Simpson at 415 771 2376.

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